The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the amount of fines imposed on temporary employment agencies for concerted practices under Art. 81 EC and its French equivalent and clarifies the procedural issue of access to confidential electronic documents (Manpower / Adecco / Adia / Randstad)

In a ruling dated 26 January 2010, the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed a decision by the French National Competition Authority (the “NCA”) sanctioning world-leading companies in the temporary employment sector for infringing Article 81 EC [1] and its French equivalent. Background Following a complaint lodged with the European Commission, which then referred the case to the French authorities, the NCA imposed a total fine of € 94,4 million on Manpower, Adecco and Vedior Bis in a decision dated 2 February 2009 [2]. The NCA considered that the three world leaders, representing 70% of the French temporary employment market and satisfying 90% of the demand of major accounts, colluded in order to limit competition between them regarding their “key account” clients such as Eiffage, La Poste,

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Juliette Goyer, The Paris Court of Appeal confirms the amount of fines imposed on temporary employment agencies for concerted practices under Art. 81 EC and its French equivalent and clarifies the procedural issue of access to confidential electronic documents (Manpower / Adecco / Adia / Randstad), 26 January 2010, e-Competitions Bulletin Judicial review, Art. N° 30799

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